This week has been full of Kanye West “rants,” including the ones he has done about nike, telling people not to shop at Louis Vuitton on Power 105, and breaking into an argument during a radio interview with Sway Calloway. While Ye may be stirring up drama left and right to get his voice heard, it seems like one man has his back and that man is Russell Simmons.
In an op-ed written for Global Grind, the co-founder of Def Jam, Russell Simmons has stood up for Kanye and his recent actions.
“I recently sat down with Ye in New York and got the chance to hear about his hopes and ambitions, his frustrations and contradictions, his happiness and his anger,” Simmons wrote. “But through it all, what I felt from Kanye was an artist who desperately wants to leave his imprint in the history books. What’s often times misunderstood about Kanye is that people believe he wants all of this for himself, in fact, quite the opposite, he wants all of this for the rest of us. He wants to destroy the glass ceiling with 808′s and crack music…so one day WE have the power to see all of the lights. Certainly he wants a piece for himself…everybody would, but at his core, at the bottom of his heart, lies an inner-truth that has led to an external battle to make this world a bit easier for those who have been dealt a hand of struggle, by showing them a glimmer of hope through his art.”
A grateful Yeezy responded to this post on Twitter soon after stating,
“@kanyewest: Thank you Russel for these kind insightful words, I appreciate your mentorship.”
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